May 9, 2016

Administration / Finance

    
-Negotiations continue to secure an ATM downtown.
-Explored the possibility of electric vehicle charging stations in downtown.
-Continued facilitating meetings of community leaders coordinating efforts to support immigrant communities.
-Initiated and participated in FEMA-led hurricane preparedness tabletop exercise with all City departments and several other community organizations.
-Began selling surplus vehicles via GovDeals.com as reported to City Council earlier this year.

 

Parks & Recreation Department

  
-Mispillion River Clean Up Day: 04/09/16 - Park technicians and approximately 15 Perdue volunteers removed 40 bags of trash (320+/- lbs of debris).
-Bug & Bud Festival: 04/23/16 - 170+ craft vendors, 22 food vendors, great success.  (see pics)
-Recreation Programs:  20 soccer coaches recruited as volunteers.
-Trip to Chester PA:  Philadelphia Union Soccer Team, 10 attendees.
-Project Update: Goat Island Improvements: Held another pre-bid meeting in effort to receive bids under budget.
-Project Update: Canadian Goose Control Pilot Program (Held meeting at Memorial Park to discuss potential new strategy).
  • PLANNING & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT


    Enforcement & Inspections Division
    April Code Enforcement
    New Cases: 77
    Closed Cases: 0
    Open Cases at Start of Period: 126
    Open Cases at End of Period: 210
        Abandoned Vehicle: 8
         Furniture Violation: 6
         Generic Complaint: 1
         Property Maintenance: 6
         Rental Unit Inspection: 1
         Rubbish & Garbage: 15
         Weeds & Grass: 55
         TOTAL:  92

    Building Permits Issued by Type
    Commercial Building Permit: 10
    Demolition Permit: 1
    Residential Building New Construction: 3
    Residential Renovation/Accessory: 9
    Roof/Siding Permit: 3
    Solar Panel Permit: 4
    Utility Permit: 3
    TOTAL:  33

    Licenses
    Rental Inspections Performed: 1
    Rental Licenses Issued: 10
    Vendor Licenses Issued: 1
    Contractors Licenses Issued: 21
    -City Council adopted amendments to Chapter 174 – Property Maintenance and Chapter 88 – Building Construction related to International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC) 2015 update and revisions to the Board of Appeals. 

    Planning & Economic Activities Division
    -Prepared documents and submitted to State Planning Office for Comprehensive Plan and SE Master Plan pre-PLUS review.
    -Continued work on the Downtown Development District Application.
    -Economic Development Committee met to discuss creating a Specific Economic Development Incentive Program (SEDIP) for the DDD Area to accompany the application.
    -Planning Commission recommended approval of Ordinance 2016-03 related to the PUD definition in Chapter 230-Zoning.  The amendment would provide clarification that neighborhood commercial is not a requirement but is allowed up to a certain percentage.
    -Staff along with the City Solicitor provided training for the Planning Commission members related to the powers and duties of the Planning Commission.  Planning Commission was provided information related to the Delaware code, City Charter, Chapter 200 – Subdivision of Land, Chapter 230 – Zoning, ethics and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  Planning Commission also began discussions related to adopting official procedures.
    -Reviewed several land use applications and provided review comments to the applicants.  Coordinated application review with other City departments and outside agencies and produced reports and exhibits for upcoming Planning Commission and City Council meetings.   
    -Consultants began work on survey and conceptual research for the Mispillion River Water Quality Improvement Project.
    -Met with potential investors to discuss development and redevelopment opportunities.
    -Created and updated planning related GIS files for analysis in comprehensive plan update.  Specifically focused on verifying City zoning records, land use data, housing types, age, & number of units, crime data and community facilities.

    PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT


    Electric Division
    Closed Work Orders/Trouble Service Calls: 33
    Open Work Orders at End of Month: 18
    New Electric Services Installed: 4
    Preventative Maintenance: 0
    Miss Utility Locates: 165
    -Meeting with Solar City held to discuss several concerns (installation time, customer expectations, etc.).
    -Winter Storm Jonas damage report submitted to FEMA.
    -Project Updates:  Southeast Area water tower: poles set, wire pulled, transformer construction begun, cabinet set, trenches dug, 2 switchgears set, etc. 

    Water & Wastewater Division
    -Assisting the Electric Division with trenching for electric service to new SE water plant. 
    -Repaired water leak on SE Front & Franklin streets.
    -Relocated meter pit on Truitt Ave in preparation for street / sidewalk project.
    -Repaired water service on Kingston Dr.
    -Assisted the Street Division with repairs at Meadows of Shawnee.
    -Winter Storm Jonas damage report submitted to FEMA. 

    Streets & Solid Waste Division
    Pick Ups and Deliveries
    Bulk Pick Up: 11
    New Container Delivery: 16
    Additional Container-Trash: 0
    Additional Container-Recycle: 0
    Additional Container-Yard Waste: 0
    Damaged/Replaced Container Replacement: 3
    After Hours Calls: 2
    -Storm drain repaired in Meadows at Shawnee.  This particular area has been problematic for quite some time and was found to have three bad joints.  (see pics)
    -Truitt Avenue/Cemetery Expansion Project Update:  Equipment is being moved in on May 2 for work to begin.  Electric light pole and water meter have been moved so there will be no delays.  Residents have been notified of construction beginning May 2.
    -Senior Center Crosswalk on Park Street was re-striped and left/right arrows added using long-lasting thermoplastic.  (see pics)
    -Municipal Parking Lot on Front and North Walnut streets had handicap parking re-striped. (see pics)
    -Spring Clean-up week was successful with very few complaints received at Public Works and Customer Service. The financial assistance from Rep. Kenton was depleted within the first day and half.  
    -A total of 216 new containers are to be ordered next week; 108 trash, 108 recycling.  Please see attached picture of new container colors.  All new containers will now have charcoal body and lid colors will coordinate with contents (trash: charcoal lid, recycling: yellow lid and yard waste: tan lid).  This will reduce cost and required inventory.   (see pics)

    Solid Waste/Recycling/Yard Waste Diversion*

     

    Solid Waste Tonnage

    Curbside Recycling 

    Drop-off Recycling

    Yard Waste 

     Total 

     Diversion 

    Jan-16 

    203.31 

    50.93 

    28.18 

    11.38 

    293.80 

    30.8% 

    Feb-16 

    251.33 

    47.07

    29.92 

    17.00 

    345.32 

    27.2% 

    Mar-16 

    247.33 

    57.22 

    32.74 

    30.59 

    367.88 

    32.8% 

     *The amount of waste diverted from the landfill through recycling and yard waste programs.
      

     

    Solid Waste Tonnage

    Curbside Recycling

    Drop-off Recycling

    Yard Waste

                Total

     Diversion

    2013

    3903.34 

    617.9

    213.77

    473.85

    5208.86

    25.1%

    2014

    3206.04 

    645.88 

    243.90

    472.08

    4567.90

    29.8%

    2015

    3077.95

    642.20 

    407.07

    304.55

    4431.77

    30.5%

    2016 (YTD)

    701.67

    155.22 

    90.84

    58.97

             1006.70

    30.3%